Board of Nursing Utah is part of the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), which is also one of seven agencies within the Utah Department of Commerce. DOPL has been legislatively authorized to enforce and administer specific laws that are related to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations and professions.
As per Utah Nurse Act, “Board” means the Utah Board of Nursing created in Section 58-31b-201. The Act also stipulates that the Board must consist of 11 (eleven) Board members from various nursing professions as defined in division rule and 2 (two) members of the public. The Board members are appointed by the director. The appointments in the board must be carried over and serve in accordance with Section 58-1-201 and must perform the duties and responsibilities as defined by the Nurse Practice Act given section.
The basic duties of the Board members include:
- Recommendation to the division about the minimum standards for educational programs that qualifies an individual for licensure or certification under this chapter.
- Inform division about denial, approval, disapproval or withdrawal of approval to nursing educational programs that meet or fail to meet the Board’s minimum stipulated educational standards.
- Designate one of Board members on a permanent or rotating basis to Division for assisting in reviewing nursing practice or Nurse Practice Act violation and law violation complaints concerning the unlawful or unprofessional conduct of a licensee and advise the division for its own investigation of said violations.
- Any Board member, who have reviewed a complaint or advised when the complaint investigation was carried out, shall be disqualified from taking part when adjudicative proceeding relating to the complaint is conducted, where the Board serves as a presiding officer.
- It is the responsibility of director to appoint an individual to serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Nursing for representation of the Division in matters that are considered by the board.
- It is also mandated that the ex officio member must be a licensed registered nurse, having a nursing master’s degree and must bear minimum five years of nursing administration or nursing education working experience.
The Division has the responsibility for completing all Licensing, Licensures, Renewal, Verification, Endorsements and regulation of certain occupations and professions.
Contact details Board of Nursing Utah
Utah State Board of Nursing
Heber M. Wells Bldg., 4th Floor
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 530-6628
FAX: (801) 530-6511